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Commentary

Reed has put an importance on waters

One of the most important things our representative in Congress can do is to ensure that we are receiving the help we need and deserve here in Chautauqua County. We need someone willing to fight so we receive attention and resources.Congressman Tom Reed is leading that fight. I know this ...

Bands need support in area

While inquiring about the Fredonia Farm Festival parade, I was informed that the Farm Festival committee had decided not to spend any donated money on this year's parade. You would think the committee would support local groups.After all, the festival would like local people to support them. I ...

Volunteers, groups working for better Dunkirk, region

The commentary "Our Great Lake missing the boat" was rather unfortunate (June 23). I will give a brief response, which hope will close the matter entirely.There are many entities in the city trying to revitalize Dunkirk. The Historical Society of Dunkirk works hard - all with an entirely ...

Positive steps showing up in leadership

In days of old before the printed word, good deeds were communicated in song. Now, too often efforts to improve our communities go unnoticed by the general public.As a member of the newly formed Northern Chautauqua County Water District Board, I wanted to bring to the public's attention the ...

Thinner DPWs feeling the heat

What job in the public sector has been facing the greatest scrutiny in recent months? Judging by the suspensions and a recent trip to court, it is the supervisors for the area streets departments and public works.Since the middle of May, three managers have been in a pressure cooker of sorts ...

A bed for my buddy

Why did I wait? I really don't know.I imagine, when Quillow first joined my family, that his health was good enough he didn't need a special bed. He certainly never "asked" for one, generally content to sleep on the floor wherever he was. Quite obviously an outdoor dog before my time, he often ...

Money isn’t everything, but it matters

Early one morning, I decided to see if a good oldie movie might inspire a good day's start. The movie depicted a man who returns from war to his family home.His parents clearly are in conflict. Their marriage is in jeopardy. The man's father owns a lucrative business and expects the son to work ...

The obvious steps in threats

Omar Mateen slaughtered 49 people and wounded 53 people at a gay nightclub (Pulse) in Orlando, Fla., while predictably shouting "Allahu Akbar." In the middle of the slaughter he called 911 three times to explain how he was acting on behalf of ISIS and was inspired by the Muslim immigrants who ...

Celebrating diversity, embracing unity

"When all Americans are treated as equals, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free."-President Barack ObamaSomething you might not know is that Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender rights are human rights and are more than just marriage. LGBT justice should be about ...

Taking pride in achievement

What a momentous occasion is about to unfold! In many of our public and private schools, graduation is just around the corner. We can almost hear the downbeat of the familiar strains of Pomp and Circumstance. What a joy-filled occasion for the graduates and for their families.Our youth are so ...

Legion takes lead on display

American flags fly by the hundreds in Cassadaga. The Cassadaga Legion Memorial Post 1280 family has taken responsibility to make sure it happens.The Legion Post accomplishes the flag flying in a number of ways.A unique flag sponsorship was initiated several years ago whereby a flag is sponsored ...

Reed’s record not in tune with district

We, the voters, need to hold U.S. Rep. Tom Reed accountable for what he says about important issues which don't match his votes! In his most recent newsletter, Reed promotes himself as supporting senior citizens, lowering college costs, sexual assault victims, the environment, cancer survivors ...

Remembering the past while planning ahead

Last week I wrote about wars. I told my friend, Vicki, about a war story we experienced because of my brother Tony. She thought I should write about it. Because this story tells so much about who Tony was and the woman who helped him become the man he became, Vicki thought I should share it ...

Sanders’ innocence filled with harm

During the recent Democratic primaries there was a lot of glib and mindless talk about the joys of socialism by Senator Bernie Sanders and his gang of merry men and women. Bernie appears to be a harmless senior citizen, but the stuff he proposes is nothing more than the best of Marxist thought, ...

No shortage of hummingbird feeders

I have one favored hummingbird feeder.I also have perfectly gorgeous hummingbird feeders. They (for there are three formed of colored blown glass, truly objet d'art) sit, wrapped in tissue papers in the boxes in which they were given to me - on a top pantry shelf.I also have a very mundane ...

Many will ‘cringe’ Election Day

JAMESTOWN - If you think the presidential primaries and campaign have been over-the-top in terms of nastiness for the last 10 months, you probably have not seen anything yet.As Republicans start to rally around Donald Trump, Democratic support for Hillary Clinton seems to be, at best, mixed. ...

Many will ‘cringe’ Election Day

JAMESTOWN - If you think the presidential primaries and campaign have been over-the-top in terms of nastiness for the last 10 months, you probably have not seen anything yet.As Republicans start to rally around Donald Trump, Democratic support for Hillary Clinton seems to be, at best, mixed. ...

Trump, Clinton aren’t only choices

We're stuck between a rock and a hard place.Let's make one fact clear: neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton is the nominee of his or her party. The broadcast networks' narrative of "potty-mouth" Trump squaring off against the "history-making first female Presidential nominee from a major ...

Our Great Lake missing the boat

Receiving our "2016 Spring & Summer Events Guide," I was excited to look over the whole book, especially our lake-front happenings for families and tourists, but mostly being on the Tourist Route, "Route 5." many visitors heading east or west, would stop!Opening the book, on page 22, we ...

Another horrific day

If one is paying attention to the world and the United States today, they might wonder if the end is near - it may just be.As I awakened Sunday I was confronted with the news of another mass shooting in our country. More than 50 innocent people were killed and another 50 plus seriously injured ...